François Villon was the most mysterious and controversial poet of the Middle Ages. Unlike the romantic troubadours of his time, Villon’s poetry celebrated earthly cravings and the harsh realities of everyday life. Lisa Monde portrays Villon’s true story in her dramatic play, “I Know All Save Myself Alone.”
Unlike others, Monde’s play is based on authentic historical facts and follows the exact chronological events of the controversial poet’s life.
“My interest in François started when I played the part of his beloved Isabel in a musical about him,” says Monde, a working member of the Dramatists Guild of America. “I fell in love with his work and dedicated myself to researching his life, times and all possible translations of his poetry.”
The play follows Villon first as a scholar of Sorbonne in Paris to his descent into a life of petty theft, burglaries and murder. After banishment from Paris, Villon was left to wander in the precincts of the city, fighting for survival while retaining his fervent mind, sharp tongue, and skill of scoffing his ill wishers in his poems.
Villon’s tracks have been lost over the centuries, leaving only his poetry. “I Know All Save Myself Alone” brings the life and mysterious disappearance of this influential poet to light.